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as america's capital of anti- semitism. jews were discriminated against in everything, housing, jobs, education, public examination, it even service clubs and automobile clubs. you can imagine how blacks were treated in that society. that is one of the reasons that the record of america, with an administration beloved by youths, raised only a feeble voice against the holocaust. that was then. now, of course, the twin cities are among the most dynamic cities in america, a place where they have jewish said as -- jewish senators, and dozens of black [unintelligible] i just want to ask the question what happened? how did that happen? lots of things. the most significant for me was the powerful ties of the civil rights revolution which knocked down the closed society of my youth, knocking down the walls of segregation and discrimination, smashing quotas and apartheid, opening the doors of equal opportunity to blacks and jews and, ultimately, to women, two days, and to persons of disabilities. -- to dagays, and to persons of disabilities. the and before him had the moral clout that martin
., and the chairman and ceo of bmw north america. "washington journal" take your calls and e-mails live every morning here on c-span. . >> this is 50 minutes. >> good morning everybody. the a pleasure to welcome you here today. this is the first event we are having in our new conference room, and we hope to headache it a good one. i get to say a few words about the bipartisan policy center before we get into the real action. we were founded on the idea that people with significantly different views and who have strong allegiance to different parties could still come together and try to design serious and substantive solution toss address the nation's big challenges. we are not a think tank in the traditional sense. we only study things for a purpose. and when our projects come together, people understand they are going to spend as much time advocate fog a particular solution as constructing it. i think it's fair to say that the project we are launching today will very much test the proposition of bringing people together towards a substantive and detailed solution, and will test our ability to advoca
works in haiti, but if we do nothing, in 10 years one of every $5 in the united states of america will be spent on health care. and in 30 years one of every $3 will be spent on health care in the united states of america. that is unsustainable. that is an unsustainable road for us to go down and people will then look 10 years from now and 20 years from now and 30 years from now and they'll ask, who was representing western pennsylvania when they had a chance to tackle health care reform? who was representing connecticut? who was representing northeast ohio? when the bell rang to step up and make these changes. i yield to my friend from western p.a. >> i thank the gentleman and i thank him for his kind words as well. he hit the nail right on the head, madam speaker. that we, i think it's appropriate today to take a look at what was happening one year ago today. a year ago today the budget deficit was forecast by the congressional budget office for the fiscal year ending september 30, 2009, to be $1.8 trillion. the jobs that were lost in the month of january were more than 700,000 j
makes america such an exceptional country? guest coburn there are so many things. i mean a lot of it does come from, from a christian worldview, a christian founding. part of that is freedom of choice so of course they prosper in america but it was disproportionately christians with a christian worldview founding it in part of-- part of what is interesting about that is i mean christ was really upsetting the customs of his day by using so many women for his parables, by administering to women so often. that was very unusual, so as i said before the first feminist was not gloria steinem. it was jesus christ, and there is that the idea of the freedom of choice, i mean literally choice not killing babies choice, and also the idea that all men are created by god and therefore no man has the right to rule over you accept by your consent, except not perfect consent but that is the idea of a federalist democracy that making this a roula for you by divine right because the king has no genetic authority over you. there is and a son of god or some genetic power to roll over their people.
. there are holding hundreds of events encumbrances across america to celebrate -- all across; american to celebrate lincoln. he spoke about equality. as we all know from our history, our entire went after the invention of the cotton in jim prada -- after the cotton gin. families were torn apart and sold. abraham lincoln's rise to the white house paralyzed the tension in america over slavery. by 1854, the republican party was formed to oppose slavery and then spent in the territories. by 1858, lincoln himself warned that a house divided could not stand. like most leaders, lincoln could see but could do little to slow the downward spiral of our union. six weeks after his election in november 1860, the union was dissolved and [unintelligible] the war claimed more american lives than all other wars that we have been involved in. between 1861 and 1865, 620,000 americans died in battle or by disease. this was 2% of the entire u.s. population at the time, the equivalent of 6 million americans today. it is difficult to imagine the full weight of the burden that abraham lincoln treated during his time as we
and finally address the problems that america's families have had for years. we can't afford another so-called economic expansion like the one from the last decade. what some called the lost decade, where jobs grew more slowly than during any prior expansion, where the income of the average american household declined while the cost of health care and tuition reached record highs. where prosperity was built on the housing bubble and financial speculation. from the day i took office, i have been told that addressing our larger challenges is too ambitious. such an effort would be too contentious. i have been told that our political system is to gridlocked, that we should just put things on hold for a while. for those who make these claims i have one simple question. how long should we wait? how long should america put its future on hold? [applause] you see, washington has been telling us to wait for decades, even as the problems have grown worse. meanwhile, china is not waiting to revamp its economy. germany is not waiting. and yet is not waiting. these nations are not standing still. the
of urgent d., but unemployment is something we just have to live with? why don't we make anything in america anymore? and why is it so hard to pass a health care bill that guarantees americans healthy lives instead of guaranteeing insurance companies healthy profits? as i traveled from city to city, i heard a sense of resignation from middle-class americans. people laid off for the first time in their lives that team, what did i do wrong? i came away shaken by the sense that the very things that make america great are now in danger. what makes us unique among the nations is this: in america, working people are the middle-class. we built our middle class in the 20th century through hard work, through struggle and visionary political leadership. but a generation of distract this, greed driven economic helices as a voter that progress and now threatens our very identity as a nation. today, on every coast and in between, working women and working men are fighting to join the middle-class and to protect and to rebuild the. we crave political leadership ready to fight for the kind of america that
, they want an end to abortion in america. i'm not going to say whether they're right or wrong but i'll point out, when the republicans were in charge, the senate, the house, the white house, the supreme court, once again, they did nothing to help pat robertson's followers accomplish what they wanted. tonight i ask those people, the christian right what about your own pact with the devil? how has that worked out with you -- out for you? i yield back the rest of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields his time. the gentleman from nebraska. mr. fortenberry. the gentleman from california, mr. dreier. the gentleman from louisiana, mr. cao. five minutes. mr. cao: yes. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. cao: thank you very much. mr. speaker, the new orleans saints are going to the super bowl for the first time in franchise history. as their representative to congress, i want to congratulate them in an official manner by acknowledging words of encouragement from constituents on the house floor. sunday's historic win was an inspiration to the rest of new orleans who contin
on that? >> i think, you know, he was very much in tune with, i think, america, americana, what was going on. he certainly knew who elvis presley was. i don't know whether he followed the career completely, but he understood his place in american culture. his importance. i think halederman understood that. obviously dwight chaffin who continued this whole thing, this would not have happened without dwight's foresight and vision. i think the president was aware of it. he didn't play the tunes at night. >> a question for jerry, i wanted to know if you had insight or details of the logistics of elvis leaving memphis, his first trip to washington, as far as, you know, it's mind-boggling to think that elvis gets on a plane in in memphis, comes to washington, if i was walking through the airport, i'd probably be standing there, staring, waiting for elvis to do or say smog, as far as him arriving in washington and checking into the hotel, did he tell you anything, anything happening, taxi ride, do you have any details? >> there was a couple of details. one was, you know, what ementioned earlier
will transit on route to central america next week. he will also transmit the united states when returning from central america. we approved his request based on longstanding practice. our decision is consistent with the unofficial nature of our relations with taiwan in keeping with the criteria of safety, comfort, convenience, and dignity of trouble. i think he will transit san francisco on route to central america and los angeles by returning to taipei. i believe we have allowed a c- 130 which has been participating in the rescue operations in haiti to refuel here and that is consistent with our philosophy and also given the importance of supporting the operation in haiti. >> about the first lady? >> as to who is traveling with the president [unintelligible] >> where is he going? >> he is going to central america but has specific schedule -- >> san francisco was not exactly a direct line between taiwan and central america. why san francisco? >> he requested permission to make the transit. we have granted it as we have in the past. >> is he going to speak? >> i do not believe he has any public
says just yet. it is a great day for every person in america. whether you own stock, run a mom-and-pop grocers stored. when we took in those contributions, they were just like that. they were from individuals, restaurants, liquor stores, dry cleaners. people who incorporate for the protections because of the litigious nature of this country. what we tried to do with speak for them. they have no lesser voice than an individual. many corporations in this country are individuals. thank you. >> i and the president of common cause and i am here with some colleagues who think that rick is is not a triumphant day other than for wall street's and for business interests. i am president of common cause, working with public campaign and public citizen's and a group of people who are outraged by this decision. it is the super bowl of bad decisions. corporations are not individuals. some of them are larger than countries. we need to recognize that money has influenced the debate here in washington for too long. all you have to do is look at the housing crisis, investment crisis, the banking
as we embark on the long-term recovery from this unimaginable tragedy. the united states of america will also forge the partnerships that this undertaking demands. we will partner with the haitian people. and that includes the government of haiti, which needs our support as they recover from the devastation of this earthquake. it also includes the many haitian americans who are determined to help their friends and family. and i've asked vice president biden to meet in south florida this weekend with members of the haitian american community, and with responders who are mobilizing to help the haitian people. we will partner with the united nations and its dedicated personnel and peacekeepers, especially those from brazil, who are already on the ground due to their outstanding peacekeeping efforts there. and i want to say that our hearts go out to the united nations, which has experienced one of the greatest losses in its history. we have no doubt that we can carry on the work that was done by so many of the u.n. effort that have been lost, and we see that their legacy is haiti's hope
of what people are fearful of in america is that their identification card will be stolen from them as was given in the example by mr. baker. we in local law enforcement along with our federal partners are very wrapped up in a huge amounts of identity that with not enough resources to chase down all of the offenders involved. this is an international problem as well as a national one. part of the reason i think in the discussions with major city chiefs as well as the national per share as committee members on this issue is to see the value of this not purely from a prevention tool for terrorism but for prevention of all forms of crime where people's identification cards are so easily required even if they lose their driver's license. my driver's license and one of my credit cards was taken. within one hour they were trying to purchase some products from a department store. fortunately, the clerk was alerted and said for them to show and then the jurors i sense that he would not produce it because it did not look like him. you get the drift that this is a far more reaching solution t
from entering america. at the amsterdam airport, abdul mutallab was subjected to the same screening as other passengers. he was required to show his documents, including a valid u.s. visa. his carry-on was x-rayed. he passed through a metal detector. but it cannot detect the kind of explosives in his clothes. the screening technologies that might have detected these explosives are in use at the amsterdam airport, but not at the security check. -- he passed through. most airports in the united states do not yet have this technology. there is no silver bullet to securing the thousands of flights domestic and international. it will require significant investments in many areas. that is why, even before the christmas attack, we increased investments in homeland security and aviation security. this includes $1 billion in new systems and technologies that we need to protect our airports -- more passenger and baggage screening and more advanced explosive detection capabilities, including those to improve our ability to detect explosive used on christmas. these are major investments and the
. >> you are watching public affairs programming on c-span. created by america's cable tv companies, offered as a public service. over the next 45 minutes, today's political news. a news conference with republican senator-elect scott brown in boston. and about 20 minutes, senate gop leaders talk with reporters about how mr. brown possible and in yesterday's election will affect the health-care debate. and after that, democratic senate leaders also meet with reporters. >> next week, president obama delivered his first day of the union address to congress, laying out his vision for the future of the country and his vision to deal with issues like the war in iraq and afghanistan for the state of the union address next wednesday, january 27, at 9:00 p.m. eastern on c- span. >> the newly elected republican senator from massachusetts, scott brown, spoke with reporters in boston for about 20 minutes. >> good morning, everybody. i would like to read a brief statement and take a few questions. i hope you all have had a good night's sleep. i certainly have not. and i said last night i am prou
and some of the opportunities. we reduced program to america 1995. it is an employee choice model. what does that mean? it means we have for health plans to contract with. each employee can choose from that, one of those for health plans and a whole wide range of benefits from benefit levels from those companies. we have over 5,000 companies over 75,000 members in connecticut that participate. one of the things we talked about so far and one of the things john emphasized and tim is looking at the adverse selection. one of the hallmarks when we first started was we stopped to be to try to standardize the benefits between the four health plans so to avoid adverse selection. as we've come very close to having standardized bens healths starting day one in 1995. as i said, we tried to determine and said the spread out under managed competition choices based on price, network as things involved people make now decisions based on the formularies of the different networks and the satisfaction rates. unfortunately over time we still have an object when we first started of having quality data, pa
. the losses are heartbreaking. i pledge america's continued commitment to the government and people of haiti. there is the long term effort to rebuild. it is absolutely essential that these efforts are well coordinated among the united states in government of haitiñr, with the united nations the play's center will and with the international partners that are now on the ground. american resources continue to rise in haiti. search and rescue efforts continue to work pulling people out of the rubble. arty mess saved the lives of american citizens and haitian citizens. this morning, the aircraft carrier uss arrived along with helicopters that will be critical in delivering assistance in the days to come. they are preparing to move badly needed water, food, and other supplies to priority areas in aye. -- in port-au-prince. help continues to flow and not just in the united states but from brazil, mexico, canada, france, colombia, and the dominican republic. this underscores the point that i made to the president this morning. the entire world stands with the government in the people of haiti. we
thing we can start doing four jobs here in america that the mentioned last night. i talked about this all to the campaign. we put this proposal in our budget. we keep getting resistance but we are going to keep on pushing to end tax breaks for companies that ship our jobs overseas and give those tax cuts to people who give us jobs right here in the united states of america. it is the right thing to do. it is the right thing to do. it is the right thing to do. now, i have to say this. the steps that i just mentioned will help accelerate job growth in an economy that is already beginning to grow. but, the steps we take a loan won't make up for the 7 million jobs we lost over the last two years. keep in mind, when we were sworn into office, that december, we have lost 650,000 jobs. january, as we were being sworn in the lost 700,000 jobs. february, 650,000 jobs so before lost.ld even put in place that is a deep hole that we are going to have to fill in the only way to do that is to lay a new foundation for long-term economic growth and finally address the struggles that middle-class
and central america in the caribbean, 80's neighbors, and they have done so superbly. -- haitis's neighbors, and they have done so superbly. they have held things together. president obama and the secretary of state and our a.i.d. people have signed an agreement with the brazilian leader so that we, of the united states, have tried to provide extra logistic and distribution support in haiti. but i want to say, sir, on behalf of the world, i think brazil has been magnificent and we are very grateful to you and your country and to your leaders. [applause] dennis o'brien is the chairman of the digicell group. he lives in ireland, except when there is and earthquake in haiti. we have been friends for many years. he told me not long after i met him, that young haitians who sold his telephone cards on the street or the best under norris he has ever met. he has worked tirelessly to rebuild the haitian economy. he has worked out -- to coordinate the business people that we have recruited through the clinton global initiatives that have made it well in excess of $100 million dollars in commitments t
the road to citizenship. this morning america guiliani -- mayor guiliani talked about partisanship. >> if one looks at what mayor guiliani says after testifying in the u.s. criminal trial calling it, i forget the exact phrase, but holding up the stellar record and value system involved in our criminal justice system, i do not think mr. giuliani has the record straight in his comments. i think if you watch that interview there were a number of things that did not quite seem to drop to jog to the better part of reality. he mentioned that there were not any domestic air attacks in the previous administration. that was interesting that the mayor of new york had forgotten that. >> you have now renominated johnson, not don johnson. >> u.s. that like we nominated crockett's partner. -- you asked that. i think i was pretty young. [laughter] >> sense in every nominated her, what are you going to do differently? -- since you have renominated her? >> as we talk about in here, one of the things the president would like to see is the change in the pacing of nominations in general being addresse
to rural america. i am struck by the extensive networking and a sturdy compact -- capacityçóç ófç thei] amerid cross affiliates and state chapters. >> i have not, but i will take your recommendation and get that. i heard a great deal about what to do this week, because deb spend some time with you this week. the issues that surround our guard and reserve are particularly important and difficult,ç because they do -- members live throughout our country. it is a great strength of our country. there have been some guard units that have been incredibly innovative and how they attacked these very difficult challenges. but i will tell you last year, 2009, i was struck as we really tried -- we really dove into this suicide issue, and the heavy focus was on the army. and we were tracking month to month on the army. it was not until almost 2/3 of the way through the year that i asked the question, do these numbers include the guard? in fact, the ones we were tracking did not. the guard was tracking it, but we were not tracking it macro. and we are now. and the efforts amongst the services, --
to me and said, i lost my job, but he said i will value that there is no other state in america i would rather be living in with having lost his job in texas because i know that the program that you will put in place i'll be able to find a job very thin. and that is the type of can-do spirit that you see in the state of texas. we lead the nation in the production -- in the development of jobs while america was losing 3 million jobs because of the washington type of spending it all spend it now approach. texas was getting almost 100,000 jobs, just this last november. and october re-created jobs in the state of texas. as what people want to see. low taxes and regulatory climate that is better. and a skilled resource which means our schools are funded and accountable. that is what people are looking for. taxes texas -- creating an environment for people to have a job, single most important thing that a governor will do. >> governor comment by the way wondered about the jobs you said you created under your administration in 2008 that would last well beyond that now, correct? >> no, sir. and
folks that are hurting. every day, we are working to put the economy back on track and put america back to work. even as we dig our way out of the deep hole, it's important that we not lose sight of what led us into the mess in the first place. it began as a financial crisis. when banks and financial institutions took huge reckless risk in pursuit of quick promises and bonuses. when the irresponsibility was over, several of the world east oldest and largest financial institutions had collapsed or were on the verge of doing so. markets plummet thed. credit dried up. jobs were vanishing by the hundreds of thousands each month. we were on the lead of a second great depression. to avoid the calamity, the american people who were already struggling were were forced to rescue financial firms facing crisis. that rescue undertaken by the previous administration was deeply offensive by the necessary thing to do. it succeeded in stabilize and helping to evert from that depression. and last week i proposed a fee to be paid by the largest financial firms in order to recover every last dime. but tha
the velvet rope so private tours of the white house, america's most famous home. and explore the history, art, and architecture of the capital. american icon, a three disc dvd set. it's $24.95 plus shipping and handling. one of the many items available at >> now the use of wireless technology and consumer demand for personal wireless devices. we begin with remarks from chair congressman rick boucher. this is two hours ten minutes. some >> subcommittee will come to order. this morning the subcommittee convened a legislative hearing on two measures related to the availability of the wireless spectrum, which is a central to meeting our future needs for mobile communication services. the movement of personal communications to mobile service says is both dramatic and accelerating. earlier this year it was announced that for the first time the number of homes have been only a cell phone and no landline service now exceeds the number of homes having only a landline and no cellular service. at the end of 2008, there were approximately 270 million wireless subscribers in the nation includ
about what you do for america and also what america needs to do for all of you. from day one, this has been a mission of mine, along with the vice president's wife, dr. jill biden, my dear, dear friend and a blue star mom herself who has been a tireless advocate and support of our extraordinary national guard and reserve members and their family. jill and i have been working hard on this. one of the first things that we wanted to do was to first listen and learn. so with many of you, we had a series of roundtable discussions. thank you all with our military spouses. we met with deborah and sandy and otherwise of the joint chiefs to get there at rice and guidance on how to develop our initiatives and that was incredibly helpful. we also met with the senior enlisted advisor twice to discuss what's working in the bank that what also could be improved. these conversations gave jill and i just really critical guidance and insight for what would be our subsequent visits to bases and military communities around the country. and as i think back on all the incredible experiences of the past yea
think people love their radios and is the ubiquitous part of being in america, having a radio and for the news entertainment, sports, politics, and emergency services. in terms of television, i think the digital transition has reawakened the future for tv broadcasting, with the digital television you get a better picture, you've got three be coming soon. and you will find what's called multicasting with stations now able to offer unique channels, perhaps children's channels, sports channels, whether channels, in addition to their traditional broadcast signal. this just means more opportunities for the public, if they want to get it the old-fashioned way they can get it for free right over the public airwaves. >> host: well, to get to that, you have to have spectrum here in spectrum is the elephant in the room in any discussion about broadcasting the faith. can you briefly explain the issue on why you are so concerned about it? >> guest: well, the spectrum for your viewers is basically the highways of the airwaves and it's the way the federal communication organize this, you kn
the quality of their investments, and we're saying the economy is recoverering. what's going on in america? what's going on is the banks have taken enormous power in the last few years and they've received that power from the federal government in the form of bailouts. i voted against the bailouts. i don't think the government should be picking winners and losers in the economy and i also don't think the government should serve as an engine to take the wealth of the nation and accelerate it upwards because that's exactly what's happened. whether it's been a republican or democrat administration, that process of slerlings is wealth is continuing. now u.s. banking companies have been the beneficiaries of unprecedented government money in the form of multiple, ongoing, taxpayer-financed, federal government bailouts and subsidies, virtually unlimited access to money at near zero rates of interest. federal purchases of impaired assets, low cost loans, open-ended guarantees, all in the name of restoring normalcy to u.s. financial markets. in the coming days, banks are expected to begin paying ou
and bruises. >>> sock iris the most popular sport on the planet. except, of course, in america. so when the world famous david beckham went looking for a new team to play for, who expected him to come to the states? >> the decision to join the galaxy wasn't hard. >> $250 million over five years is what david will make. >> i'm coming there not to be the superstar. i'm coming there to be part of the team on the american side. it's very exciting for me and my family as well. ? fans have endured a century worth of failure and bad cluck. in 2003 the team was within five outs to the trip to the world series when madam misfortune reared her ugly head yet again. >> down the left-field line. into >> awfully close to interference right there. that was very, very close. >> that's a tough way to try to make that catch. >> why? here at wrigley when the opposing teal hit the home run, they throw the ball back onto the field. i'm surprised someone hasn't thrown that fan onto the field. >>> the 2007 dallas dominated tba'slar seas qualified for postseason on the final day of the regular season. somebody
america. [cheers and applause] we are all witness is here tonight to the truth that ideals, hard work, strength of heart can the political machine. [cheers and applause] and as you know, we ran a campaign never to be forgotten and let a cause that deserved and received all that we could get there. and now, and now condi says of your independence and your trust, i will hope for a time once filled by future it from john quincy adams to john f. kennedy and his brother, ted. [applause] and as i proudly -- and let me say probably take up the duty you have given me, i promise to do my very, very best for massachusetts and america, every time the role calls. [cheers and applause] i go to washington, i go to washington as the representative of no fashion or no special interest answering only to my conscious and to you the people. [applause] however, however i know, i know i have a lot to learn in the senate, but i know who i yam and i know who i serve. and scott brown -- and scott brown and i drive a truck. [cheers and applause] [chanting] and let me just say, let me just saying conclusion, l
the searchers want to know. in china, they're not interested in your father's column discover america political for freedom. there is 1.3 billion chinese that went through what they want and the lessons of their culture so, you young man sitting there, trying to bring the cold war phenomenon divided in groups, freedoms and restrictions, so on and so forth. it is 21st century. >> host: will get a response. thank you for the call. >> guest: the first thing to understand is that technically google was operating its own site within china. cn is for china, the chinese national domain registry. the reason they chose to do that in 2006 was because the website that most americans will go to what they want to search something was often been blocked or censored. so they went into china and they worked with the chinese government to establish the domain and they've been targeting and tailoring their content to the chinese market. and i think that they have become fairly successful at doing that, particularly within a coveted demographic elite that's got money to spend, that
britain, america and the arab states do not support it. could we make sure that the foreign secretary visits this country as soon as possible? >> mr. speaker, three parts. first of all, the london meeting will not be a conference. i do not think what is -- that is what is needed. some 5 billion pounds was pledged at the london conference and 2006. a small portion of that has been ini] part,ç because of concerns about how the money would be spent. there are other issues raised. 40 percent of it has been assigned an 81% allocated -- a small percentage has actually been spent. in terms of his attempt to send me to yemen, i cannot quite promise them that. my hon. friend, the minister of --u! will be on ça wrecky toçn çnext month. the conclusions of the london çmeeting in inappropriate way. >> mr. speaker, may we welcome on behalf of the opposition, the calling of the conference in london on january 28. agreed that yemen as a fragile state, rather than a failed state. it matters to british security. thereo7k are three setsç of questions. on the closure ofçç the embas, is th
of crazy stuff that is going to destroy america. çóóand i would just say that we have to thifkip!out tone. ÑiñrñrÑiit is not just on your y the way. it is on our side as well. this is part of what has happened in our politics, where we demonize the aside so much that when it comes to getting things done, it becomes tough to do. mike. >> dr. tom price from georgia and then we will have one more after that if your time permits, mr. president. >> you know, i am having fun. [laughter] [applause] >> ok. >> i want to stick on the general topic of health care but ask a specific question. you have repeatedly said most recently at the state of the union that republicans have offered no ideas and no solutions. in spite of the fact -- >> i do not think i said that. what i said was, within the context of health care -- i remember that speech pretty well, it was only two days ago. i said i welcome ideas that you might provide. i did not say that you have not provided ideas. i said i welcome those ideas that you will provide. >> multiple times, from europe ministration, there have come statements t
southern neighbor, mexico, and in latin america. i was raised as someone train today look east and west. even being raised in southern california. i didn't look south very much. yet in the global world that we are living in right now, we have to focus more and more there as well. so there are challenges associate with the latin america. the emergence of china. and what does that mean? and the economic -- i pay attention to the economic engines, china, india, europe. us, brazil. and what does that mean for the future? i think in the long run it will be the engines that drive outcomes. so this is important that we pay a lot of attention to with a what is going on in other parts of the world. we stood up. last. a year and a half ago now. in -- for the sole purpose is being able to focus engagement strategy from the military perspective of africa. a wond full continent of great resources. wonderful people. and huge challenges. whether familiar end. disease. and i think that the world will need to be engaged there. so, and then as i look to the rest of the world, i also try to keep my head u
when i brought the team that the washington capitals could be the number one team in america in terms of selling the most paid tickets, i would have said impossible to do yet that's where we are now. we sold out the games. we have a backlog in season ticket holders. we have the best fans. our building looks spectacular. we're the talk around the league. we can't thank our fans enough and the business is very strong. >> based on what i saw on the 26, it looked like you moved product. >> joe: >> there's a lot of red. that's an indication of how strong the brand is and fan base is and frankly they still believe. they believe we know, we get the joke. we're a really good franchise. things are go going terrific but until we win a stanley cup, we won't get there. for the organization, that's our singular goal. we have to win the stanley cup and we'll get the respect and accolade we ever desire. >> one of the things is the overall finalizing purchase of the rest of the important of washington sports. can you tell us where you are? >> you have to be respectful to the process. our comments are
believe in america that madison can keep us young, can keep us healthy, can keep us alive. of very large extent. 64% of the public believes that improvements in the quality of health care is the most important reason that people live longer today than 75 years ago. we gave people a lot of reasons like better public health, decrease in smoking, better nutrition -- but a majority believes that it is really medical care. she i do not know that they are right about that. the last point here is that if you asked a lot of help economists and experts about why is health care so expensive, it would come back to this fee-for- service system and the distortion that it creates, and that special the groups, although they care deeply about the patients, they try to maintain their incomes. is there recognition that this is a part of the problem? only one in three americans believe that this is an important consideration when doctors groups are making recommendations for patient care. >> we should feel very fortunate to get an early look at these fascinating numbers. >> these are preliminary, i should
of the hearings we have had. the house will 3962, the health care for america act. the annual premiums from 20002007 rose 70.2%. your wages over the same treated time when a 4.6%. you cannot afford it, government cannot afford it, businesses cannot afford it. you cannot afford the increase. the average family health insurance policy now costs over $13,000 per year. the medium and come here is $38,000. -- the median income. that means 34% of your income before anything else. a price themselves out of the market. american journal of medicine reported that 62% of all bankruptcies in 2007 were related to medical expenses. 70% of those people have health insurance and thought they had coverage and thought they were fine. one illness, one accident away from bankruptcy. the average family policy is an extra thousand dollars per year -- is an extra $1,000. one person dies every 12 minutes because they are denied access to health care. if it would have had health care, there would have had treatment and still be with us. -- they would have had treatment. we are the main committee that has jurisdicti
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